LAST Wednesday, 7 August 2013, Doug Rawson’s Sobriety Five wowed the punters at the Victorian Jazz Club’s latest Midweek Daytime Jazz event. Special surprise guests had been announced as a teaser for the gig, and I thought I could guess who they might be, given that various interstate and overseas musicians were in town. But I have to confess that I was seriously wrong!
The guests in fact were Steve Waddell PLAYING trombone and singing, and Bob Pattie on cornet. This was Steve’s first public appearance on trombone since he “lost his lip” some 6 or 7 years ago. After long, dedicated and no doubt often frustrating practice Steve has managed to develop a new embouchure which stood up well to the performance last Wednesday, much to the delight of his many fans. We look forward to seeing him back on stage at some future gigs.
Coincidentally – or not, given the genealogy of jazz bands and the constant movement between groups – the Sobriety Five looked very much like the Creole Bells in the picture below. The only difference was Derek Reynolds on trumpet and Peter Grey on bass, replaced Fred Clark on tuba.
Steve had been practising with the Sobriety Five for some time leading up to his inclusion in the band. Derek Reynolds also used the regular rehearsals at Doug Rawson’s place to recover his “chops” after a nasty encounter with the footpath. Doug is thinking of advertising Rawon’s Rehabilitation Centre for Recovering Musicians! Welcome back Steve, and best wishes for future outings.